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Rehan Miskci
New York, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: As a member of the Armenian minority in Turkey, the notions of displacement and invisibility become key elements in my work. In my thesis project “Void”, I am exploring my struggle with this issue by visualizing notions of the displacement, the loss of identity and the absence or disappearance of the culture through images that emphasize these notions through the evocation and depiction of studio space. My main inspiration in this project is the archive of Maryam Sahinyan, an Armenian studio photographer, a woman who worked for almost 50 years (1937 – 1985) in the heart of Istanbul. I focus on her studio space and think of it as a recorder of personal memories, as well as of social and political events that led to corruption in the culture and threatened the existence of the minorities in Turkey. In my work I select images from the archive and remove the figures in them. All that remains is the setting that the people were photographed in. Sahinyan’s studio, as a physical entity, functioning as an ambiguous area between public and private, becomes a hidden stage, where anyone might perform their identity for the camera. While I remove Sahinyan’s subjects from the original photographs they are transported back and fragmented into my abstract reinterpretations of those studio settings. In these works the abstracted studio space becomes a dramatic vehicle for exploring presence through absence. In both parts of this project I aim to visualize the idea of loss and disruption, which defines the Armenian experience in Turkey.
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ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION

2011 – 2014 School of Visual Arts / MFA Photography, Video and Related Media / New York
2005 – 2010 Istanbul Technical University / Interior Architecture / Istanbul
2008 – 2009 Politecnico di Milano / Interior Design / Erasmus student / Milan


EXPERIENCE

2014 - present Studio Assistant at Sarah Charlesworth Estate
2012 - present Freelance Photographer / Videographer


PUBLICATIONS

2014 Musée Magazine, No.10 'Ritual' Issue, Emerging Artist
2014 Culturehall, A Curated Online Resource for Contemporary Art
2014 All The Best, Alice
2013 The Artist Catalogue
2011 BaNaNé Magazine
2011 This Is Our Fauna
2010 Bant Magazine


EXHIBITIONS

2014 LA Art Book Fair / The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA / 2014 (upcoming)
2014 New York Art Book Fair / MoMA PS1 / New York
2014 You Only Look Once' / OpenHand OpenSpace Gallery / Reading, UK
2014 Influx / CR10 Arts / New York
2014 MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Thesis Show’ / School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery
2014 Presence / School of Visual Arts, Gramercy Gallery / New York
2013 10th Year Salon Show' / Greenpoint Gallery / New York
2009 Horaley' Exhibition / Istanbul
2007 Behind The Facade' Video Exhibition / Apartment Project / Istanbul


AWARDS

2014 Alumni Scholarship - Thomas Reiss Memorial Award / School of Visual Arts /New York
2013 Alice Beck Odette Scholarship / School of Visual Arts / New York
 








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